Author: Jeff Banks

CFU Meeting Postponed

Please note that owing to the water damage incurred at the Swansway Chester Stadium on Sunday, a decision has been made to postpone Thursday’s night’s City Fans United members meeting.

 

Safety is of course paramount in this situation, and at present several areas of the ground are deemed as ‘Out of Bounds’ due to the water ingress and the board are currently in the process of trying to resolve the issues currently being faced and ensuring there is no risk to anyone’s safety within the ground.

 

We will announce a revised date once we are in a position to do so, but we’d also like to remind those interested in standing for election that they will need to submit their application by Friday 17th August. Please refer to our recent mailing for further details on this. or by reading our previous announcement regarding the upcoming AGM.

 

Cameron Rowley

The board of City Fans United would on behalf of everyone connected with Chester FC like to express it’s sincere condolences and offer its support to the family of young Blues fan Cameron Rowley, who sadly passed away yesterday aged just 11 years old.

 

Cameron endeared himself to everyone he came to meet at the club, and will be greatly missed. He also made a great number of friends amongst the playing squad and management team over the last few years in addition to many Chester fans too. The determination and spirit that Cameron displayed whilst dealing with his illness was second to none, and that spirit has been and will continue to be an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

 

We’re sure the Chester FC family will join us with sending all of our thoughts and prayers to Cameron’s family and friends at this time, and the club will certainly be paying tribute in the very near future once we have spoken with Cameron’s family, at an appropriate time.

 

Rest in Peace, Cameron.

City Fans United Members Meeting (Formal) – Thursday 16th August

The date for the next CFU Members meeting has been set for Thursday 16th August 2018, commencing at 7.30pm in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

 

This meeting will be a formal one, and an agenda will published in due course, but please make a note in your diaries for the time being.

 

The date for the CFU AGM has also been set, this taking place on Thursday 27th September, in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium, too.

 

Further details on both meetings to follow shortly…

CFU AGM set for Thursday 27th September 2018

The 2018 City Fans United Annual General Meeting has been set for Thursday 27th September, commencing at 7.30pm, and will take place in the Blues Bar at Chester FC’s Swansway Chester Stadium.

 

Due to resignations in 2018, and expiry of tenure there will be a total of five vacancies, to bring numbers on the board back up to ten.

 

To be eligible to stand for election, you must be 18 years of age or over and must have been a member of City Fans United for at least 60 days prior to the closing date for nominations which is 17th August, 2018.  This means that you must have been a fully paid up member since 18th June, 2018.   The same eligibility rule applies if you are nominating someone to stand for the board.

 

A notification has been sent out by email or by post to all current members. If you have not received this mailing by Wednesday 1st August, please email marion.needham@chesterfc.com in the first instance.

 

Details of how to stand for election are contained within the information sent out in the email/post by Marion and also contain links to Director Duties and also a nomination form and manifesto template.

 

 

Season Tickets Collection Event – Thursday 26th July 7.30pm

Thursday 26th July sees the first chance for Season Ticket holders to claim there much awaited 2018-19 season ticket books, in an event being staged by the Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) taking place in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium from 7.30pm.

 

Those who have purchased Season Tickets will need to bring proof of ID or their till receipt that they were given at the time of purchase with them, to enable them to redeem for the Season Ticket.

 

The FEWG are extremely thankful to the volunteers from the Ticket Office, who are putting the Season Ticket packs together prior to Thursday night.

 

We will also have Bern & Jono coming down after they have finished training to give an update as we get closer to the big kick off, and each of the Working Groups will also be represented in the Blues Bar, so please come down and have a chat and see how you can get involved in helping your club.

 

Naturally we hope that as many Season Ticket holders as possible come down to the event on Thursday night, but if unable to do so, then the Season Tickets will be available to collect from the Ticket Office at the ground from Friday 27th July 9.30am-4.30pm, and then from Monday to Friday the following week.

 

Please note, that if you have purchased a season ticket in the last 7 days then this may still be in the process of printing, and will be unavailable to collect on the evening.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Draw made for Season Ticket winners!

 

Chester FC’s Season Ticket target of 1000 is getting closer and closer!

 

A few weeks ago, you may recall that two of our Legend Lounge members came forward and wanted to help boost the number of sales by offering to reward one lucky fan who purchased a Season Ticket before the Earlybird deadline, and both Ian Swettenham of Swettenham Chemists and Alan Case have not just honoured that offer, but have actually tripled their offer and offered to cover the cost of 3 season tickets purchased!

 

The Draw, sponsored by Swettenham Chemists and Alan Case, was made independently on Wednesday 18th July, and saw the following names drawn out of the hat:

 

Margaret Bithel
Ray Shaw
Felix Wright

 

All three lucky winners have been notified and will be offered the refund of their season ticket!

 

Ian Swettenham said, “Swettenham Chemists were pleased to support the Season Ticket prize draw. We hope it encouraged fans to purchase their tickets in the Early Bird window and contributed to all the efforts from volunteers to push the season ticket number towards the 1,000 target.”

 

Jeff Banks, Director of Fan Engagement, thanked both Ian & Alan for their contribution and generous offer, “When the Fan Engagement Working Group (FEWG) were initially approached by both Ian and Alan, we were blown away by their generosity, but the fact that they have tripled that offer and rewarded three fans is just brilliant. I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone connected with the club that we thank both Ian and Alan for their very kind offer, and I’m sure the winners were absolutely delighted when they heard the news!”

 

Remember, you can still help us reach that target of 1000 season tickets sold, by contacting the club on 01244 371376 during office hours and also prior to our pre season friendlies too at the club’s ticket office.

 

Season Tickets can also be collected on Thursday 26th July, at a special event taking place in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium. The event will also see Bern & Jono appear after their training session to give an update on pre season training and latest signings.

 

CFU Informal meeting – live stream

Tonight’s City Fans United meeting will be streamed live on the Chester FC You Tube channel.

 

Please find the link below:

Chester FC TV – Watch the CFU meeting live

 

 

We will be testing this platform to see what the quality is, so please bear with us if any quality issues arise during the meeting.

 

 

Our normal streaming service platform has started charging and we are looking at other options for streaming.

 

As this is an informal meeting there is no log in required to view the meeting other than a normal you tube log in.

 

 

The meeting will set underway around 7.30pm tonight.

CFU Meeting (Informal) – Thursday 19th July

We would like to let our members know that the next CFU meeting will take place on Thursday 19th July, commencing at 7.30pm in the Blues Bar at the Swansway Chester Stadium.

 

Join CFU today and help us get to 2018 members in the year 2018!

 

This month’s meeting is an informal one but we are hoping to have Chester management duo Bern & Jono in attendance.

 

There will also be the chance to ‘Meet the Board’ for anyone considering standing for election at the forthcoming AGM, to gain an understanding of what the role entails.

 

Membership cards will also be available to collect on the night too, and you can also join CFU on the night too.

 

Further details will be released shortly for the online stream of the informal meeting.

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

CFU Membership passes 1600 mark!

The numbers of CFU members renewing or joining for the first time continues to increase and we can now report that we have over 1600 active members.

 

We would like to thank everyone that has signed up and remind the 300+ members who saw their membership expire on the 31st May, that we’d love to have them back as active members again!

 

We are of course looking to achieve a total of 2018 members in the year 2018, and are well on course to hit that figure – but we still need everyone to take part in the #one2onechallenge which tasks every CFU member to introduce at least one new member to CFU this year.

 

The process of renewing or joining is very simple, just click the link below and you can log into your profile and renew from there, or you can sign up for the first time if you’ve not done so before on our members section page below.

 

Join / Renew your CFU membership here

 

It’s only £12 for annual membership to CFU and with the season getting closer and excitement growing, its a great time to be an owner of Chester FC so please ‘Come and join us, come and join us, come and join us over here!’

 

Remember if course it’s the Chester FC v Liverpool FC pre season friendly on Saturday, so what better way to get yourself hooked on the bug that is Chester FC and City Fans United ownership of the club!

 

Have you followed us on Twitter yet? No? Well please do, by following @cityfansunited where you can keep up to date with all the latest developments and breaking news from the owners of Chester FC!

Membership Notification – Donation Agreement

Further to the statement dated 10th May 2018, the Board of City Fans United are delighted to announce that a Donation Agreement has been agreed between Chester City Supporters Society and Mr Stuart Murphy.

 

The Agreement was reached following due legal process and we would like to thank our legal team at Gateley Plc and Supporters Direct for their invaluable help in this matter. We would also wish to thank the legal team at Jolliffes and Simon Williams who represented Stuart in this process.

 

There will be absolutely no dilution of the principles of Fan Ownership nor control as a result of this agreement.

 

Stuart has committed to helping Chester Football Club for a period of three years, during which time he is to donate the sum of one million pounds, the majority of which will be allocated to infrastructure improvements that will enable the club to increase its overall sustainability.

 

Stuart has been invited to join the Operations Board for the duration of the agreement.

 

Speaking about this opportunity Stuart added:

“I am really delighted to be able to join forces with the Board and supporters at Chester FC. This gives me a great opportunity to give something back to the City of Chester and to the football club that I care for so much.

 

I have lots of ideas to move the club forward positively and I can’t wait to get started. There is much to do, but I am confident that together we can now start to write a new and far more positive chapter in the history of Chester FC”

 

Responding, David Harrington Wright, the Chair of Chester FC added:

“I am so pleased for everyone that we have been given this opportunity. I know that Stuart is brimming with ideas and we are so grateful to him for this generous donation and for his skill, expertise and time that he will commit to help our club” “ This is a one off chance for everyone at Chester Football Club”. If we all pull together, we can really make it work”